ULFR30030 - Advanced French
- Credits: 20
- Level: 3
- Pre-requisite: Good level of spoken and written French A-Level plus one year or equivalent Common European Framework B2+/C1 linguistic ability, or ULFR20030, or ULFR20360, or 21010
- Co-requisite: Open to students not following Honours courses in French
- Taught during: Both semesters
- Timetable: Timetable for the course
This course is aimed at advanced learners who wish to further develop the four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) for academic and recreational purposes while sharing and expanding their knowledge of contemporary France. The course also serves as preparation for the French Ministry of Education Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française - Niveau C1 (DALF C1) should students wish to sit for this internationally recognised qualification.
Activities done in class and/or prepared at home lay emphasis on linguistic accuracy and variety. Taking into account the needs and interests of the class, some of these activities encourage personal spontaneity and others more controlled and accurate use of the language. They include:
- the study and use of contemporary vocabulary, advanced grammar and styles as related to genres and registers encountered in current affair medias, modern literature, films and songs, and academic production;
- weekly practice of listening skills through comprehension exercises based on up-to-date news broadcasts, films and conference abstracts;
- the exploration and guided discussion in small groups of social, political and cultural issues in contemporary France based on the above listening exercises, sets of press articles given in advance by the tutor and/or personal research; and
- the regular production of writing tasks based on DALF C1 techniques (synthesis, argumentative essay, etc.) for individual feedback.
Students will be expected to practise all skills outside the classroom, using the resources of the Language Centre and, where possible, the Face to Face scheme (enquire at the Language Centre library reception) or the face-to-face Tandem/Skype programme with French native speakers abroad (ask your tutor).
Upon successful completion of the course, students will have developed a knowledge of:
- various aspects of French contemporary life and the French perspective on major world events;
- topic-specific vocabulary;
- social and rhetorical language variation;
- oral and written discursive techniques; and
- translation, as product and process.
Students will also be able:
- produce grammatically correct French in a variety of controlled or creative contexts, both spoken and written;
- understand spoken and written French with greater confidence and ease;
- express views and opinions and discover those of others; and
- persuade others.
By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level C1/C1+ of the Common European Framework.
Presenting information and defending an argument; essay and creative writing, analysis, cultural awareness, IT skills.
Teaching and learning methods
Seminars, three hours per week
- one in-class listening comprehension test in week 8 or the week before the Easter Break in Semester 2 (16%);
- one in-class written test in week 10 - reading comprehension and synthèse tasks in semester one; synthèse and argumentative essay in semester two (17%);
- one oral test (in-class group presentation in Semester 1, one-to-one presentation in Semester 2) in week 11 or 12 (17%).
Language of assessment
Nature and timing of feedback
Coursework assignments and in-class oral tasks:
- Individual written comments, plus individual oral feedback, within two weeks of submission for written work. Global feedback is delivered orally in class.
Summative tests in class:
- Written comments on individual performance and global feedback (delivered orally in class), within two weeks of submission.
18 per group
Alter Ego 5: Méthode de Français C1-C2, M. Guilloux (Hachette, 2010), ISBN: 978-2011557971.
- Alter Ego 5: Méthode de Français C1-C2: Cahier de Perfectionnement, A. Berthet & C. Louvel (Hachette, 2010), ISBN: 978-2011557988;
- French Grammar and Usage, R. Hawkins and R. Towell (Hodder Arnold: 2001), ISBN: 0340760753;
- Practising French Grammar, R. Hawkins, M.-N. Lamy and R. Towell (Hodder Arnold: 1997), ISBN: 0340598301
ULFR30070 - Proficient French, or ULT20011 - Tandem French
Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and your employability by showing that you have a capacity to learn other languages and the desire to engage with other cultures.